Applying: Teachers

What you need to know about applying for teaching and teaching specialist positions in the Department. For qualifications, please visit our Licensure & Certification page.

​Frequently Asked Questions

The most commonly asked questions about applying for teaching positions answered.

​​​​​Applying to teach: Overview

If you meet the requirements for teaching and have a strong desire to nurture and develop students to become contributing members of an educated society, the Department encourages you to apply for teaching or specialist positions in Hawaii’s public schools. School librarians and school counselors are specialist positions.

If you qualify and successfully complete the application process, your name enters the Department’s teacher hiring pool. The Personnel Regional Office refers a list of eligible applicants to each vacancy for employment consideration and selection. The school principal and/ or designated representative(s) will interview and consider referred candidates and make a final selection for the vacancy. This process permits selection of the best qualified candidate for each teaching assignment.

Qualified applicants from the teacher applicant pool will be referred by matching the requirements of the vacancy with each candidate’s comparative strengths based on the Department’s assessments of application information, including academic preparation, teaching experience, personal interview results, college transcripts, geographic and grade level placement preferences, and other sources of information. Depending on the hiring demands for your teaching specialty, you may be referred to many school interviews before being selected for employment from the teacher applicant pool.

2017-18 hiring priorites

The recruitment priorities for the 2017-2018 school year are as follows:

  1. Special Education (K-12)
  2. Secondary English, Secondary Mathematics, Secondary Science
  3. American Sign Language (ASL) Deaf Education Teachers and Auditory-Oral Deaf Education Teachers
  4. Willing to teach in hard-to-staff locations (Hawaii District: Kau, Keaau, and Pahoa complexes on the island of Hawaii; Maui District: Hana complex on the island of Maui, Island of Lanai, and Island of Molokai; Leeward District: Nanakuli and Waianae complexes on the island of Oahu) 
  5. Willing to teach in West Maui (Lahaina)

What you must submit

  • Application. Please apply online via our eHR system, or obtain an application by contacting one of the Teacher Recruitment offices below.
  • Confidential Report on Applicant: For recent graduates from colleges/universities outside Hawaii, or if you have one or more years of contracted teaching experience. [VIEW​]
  • Verification of Employment: For those who have contracted teaching experience. [VIEW​]

Questions

Please contact Teacher Recruitment:

  • Phone: 808-441-8444 
  • Email: Teacher_Recruitment@hawaiidoe.org:
  • Mail: State of Hawaii, Department of Education, Teacher Recruitment Section, P.O. Box 2360,
    Honolulu, HI  96804​

Contact Information

Teacher Recruitment

Phone: 808-441-8444

Email: Teacher_Recruitment@hawaiidoe.org

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